Just A Minute - Podcast Episode 20: Using an Ontarian Will in China

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[00:10] Welcome to a new episode of "Just A Minute" by Landmark Law. Today's episode is presented to you by Vicki on March 24th, 2023, to help educate our listeners on various legal scenarios. Today's episode will be on using an Ontarian will in China.

[00:26] Many Chinese Canadians keep their familial ties with families, relatives, and friends in Mainland China. These close ties often entail some real properties or other assets in the country. However, the Chinese Canadians usually make their wills in Canada which are written in English or French.

[00:45] Today, I'll be sharing with you the process of using a Canadian will in Mainland China. Your estate trustee must get the Ontario will probated in Canada. The probate certificate is solid evidence that your will is legally enforceable in Canada. As neither English nor French is an official language of the mainland China, English or French documents must be translated into Chinese.

[01:07] The only exception is in Hong Kong Special Administrative Region, where translation will not be needed as both English and Chinese are official languages. Whenever you use legal documents overseas, notarize it by your experienced estate lawyers like Landmark Law. Notarized documents will also be authenticated by the Ontario Government.

[01:27] Finally, the documents will be legalized by the Chinese consulate in Toronto or Chinese embassy in Ottawa. At Landmark Law, you will have access to experienced estate lawyers and legal personnel who really know how the probate process in China works.

[01:42] Book a consultation with us on our website today, if you'd like assistance with your will.